Christmas Always Has Been And Always Will Be My Favorite Time Of Year

It really is the most wonderful time of the year. I’m one of those people that cannot wait to hear the first Christmas songs on the radio and listens religiously to them until the holiday (and trust me I would totally listen past Christmas if the radio didn’t all of the sudden turn them off after the 25th passes). I love everything about the holiday, the music, the decorations, the cooking and baking, but most of all, all of the family time. My family’s holiday traditions are definitely some that I’m trying to pass on to our little girl and make a few new ones of our own too so she becomes just as much a Christmas lover as her mommy. This year our Christmas season has been a bit more hectic so the Gluten Free Mom To Be has been a little absent this past week but with holiday prep, a big birthday, and some family health problems, our plate has been a little fuller than usual.

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First comes first, the highlight of our weeks before Christmas have been and always will be our little girl’s birthday. For our little family of three, we’ve been lucky enough to have one more reason to love Christmas time thanks to our little girl who entered the world just shortly before Christmas only two years ago. As the holiday season rolls around each year since her grand arrival, we’re reminded of just how much our little Christmas angel has added to our lives. As her mommy, I’m always reminded of just how much she’s grown since that memorable day two years ago and although it makes me so proud looking at the beautiful toddler standing before me it brings tears to my eyes just the same. As her birthday comes close each year I catch myself in awe as I watch my almost birthday girl run around and explore because for me I’m also picturing that tiny little baby who laid on my chest in a knit baby Christmas hat. So much has changed in such a short time and even though we’re no longer in the tiny baby stage I wouldn’t have it any other way. With huge warm hugs and kisses, jibber jabbering that goes on all day, and walking hand in hand with her mommy, she’s my baby, and even though she’ll grow one year older each Christmas season, she always will be.

My little girl’s birthday was most certainly the high point of my week’s hiatus but unfortunately our holiday season this year hasn’t all been merry and bright. Sadly, my dear grandfather was scheduled for heart surgery and to make matters worse my grandmother was restricted to staying home due to some of her ongoing health issues. We’ve walked the path of health obstacles during the holidays before, with my grandmother in particular, and as a whole family of Christmas lovers, it’s devastating to spend the happiest time of year with fear and sadness. This Christmas season it looked like we’d have to work extra hard to spread some holiday cheer for my grandparents who would face yet another road block. 

It was a hectic few days with bouncing between grandmother at home and grandfather in the hospital but as a family we’re surviving. It’s difficult anytime to watch anyone you love, let alone two people, be in pain but it’s especially hard so close to Christmas when all we wish for them is to be happy and healthy at home, together just as they have been for the past sixty years or so. I fondly remember enjoying our Christmas days’ of years past at my grandparents house, which is just a short walk down the street from my parents house. As we’ve grown, some traditions have changed but one thing always will stay the same and it’s that walk down to their house on Christmas day, but now it’s with a bunch of little great grandchildren in tow. Hopefully this year we can continue that tradition and spend the holiday all together. 

I’ll always be a Christmas lover through and through, the music, the food, the decorations, giving gifts, but most importantly that time we get to share with our family that just seems more and more precious as years pass. This year I hope and pray that things turn around and that my grandparents can be together once again for another Christmas. You certainly never do know what life will throw at you but after watching the strength and courage of my grandparents after all of these years I’ve certainly learned how to be a survivor. 

Cheers to all of you for a merry and bright holiday season with your loved ones!

Merry Christmas!

Lindsay

Udi’s Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites: Chocolate With Chocolate Chips And Soft And Chewy, Can’t Get Much Better Than That!

Christmas came early for the Gluten Free Mom To Be with two fantastic deliveries from Udi’s yesterday! The first was a huge box of frozen samples that were all completely new to me, but the second was a holiday gluten free goodie box from their #EatDrinkBeMerry holiday campaign. Among the amazing treats were their Double Vanilla Muffins, Soft and Chewy Snicker Doodle Cookies, Steel Cut Oats with Currants, Flax, and Chia, and finally their Soft and Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites. Being a chocolate girl, my eyes immediately were drawn to the chocolate brownies, especially the words soft and chewy across their label, two my favorite food adjectives. Without any hesitation, the brownies were first up on the sample list and barely survived another minute without being opened. 

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After popping open the carton, I finally caught a glimpse and whiff of the deliciousness of Udi’s brownie bites. If anyone remembers those white individual sized bags of muffin looking brownie bites by Entenmanns these look and taste exactly like them, from what I remember at least; keep in mind it’s probably been a good 15 years since I’d actually tasted one of them but nonetheless a girl never forgets brownie bites. These Udi’s bites look like miniature muffins, wrapped with a cupcake/muffin wrapper with chocolate chips poking through the top. Now, you’re probably wondering if they hold up to their description of being soft and chewy, just like an actual brownie. Ready to find out?

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Well, I have fantastic news to report! These gluten free chocolate brownie bites are everything that they’re described to be. They’re filled with just the right amount of chocolate, but most importantly they’re perfectly soft and chewy just as promised. Many a gluten free product that I’ve tasted over the years seems to fall short in the texture department, usually being rock hard or crumbling at your touch, far from what they actually should feel like. Udi’s brownie bites, even though their presentation may resemble a miniature cupcake, have succeeded in giving us a chewy brownie that’s perfection, no cake texture here. You certainly get what’s promised on the package and your taste buds will not be disappointed. 

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The only downside with these fantastic gluten free brownie bites is that you will definitely not be able to stop at one, not really a downside I know. These are a perfect premade snack for anyone gluten free, especially when you’re on the go. I’m all for baking brownies and cookies from scratch or at least from a box but I’m certainly not one to pass up the convenient and equally as delicious alternative of a premade snack. Udi’s brownie bites are just that, and I can see myself bringing along this convenient little carton to many a day trip or even vacation to Disney World, when I can find them in my local store at least. Sadly I haven’t spotted these in any of my local grocery stores but fingers crossed that they pop up soon! 

Make sure you keep an eye out for these adorable little bites and snatch them up when you see them so you always have a sweet treat on hand! After all, what’s better than a bunch of adorable little brownies nestled snugly in your cabinet? 

Sincerely,

Lindsay 

My Little Girl Is Turning Two And What Better Way To Celebrate Than To Have A Snow White Party!

I cannot believe we celebrated my daughter’s 2nd birthday this weekend. Even though she won’t officially be two until a little before Christmas, we wanted to have her big celebration a little early so it was a bit separated from the holiday. So for our almost two year old we had a Snow White birthday party, per her request, with everything apple inspired. She was dressed in her Snow White best and was surrounded by family, not a bad way to ring in the big 2. Watching her this birthday from the last was a real eye opener as to how much she’s grown and changed in just a year. Something tells me I’m in for many more of those moments down the road, but for now I’m just going to sit back and bask in the start of the toddler years. 

With a couple Disney trips under my little girl’s belt, it’s become pretty obvious that she loves just about everything Disney, but one of favorite friends in Disney World is Snow White. So when it came time to choose what direction her 2nd birthday party would go in we had a couple ideas and decided to let the birthday girl choose the winner. Without hesitation, Snow White was the winner for sure and the planning began. 

There’s no denying that one of my daughter’s favorite features of the party was her very special Snow White dress. I’d been eyeing these uniquely adorable Disney dresses for quite some time, for a milestone photo or special occasion, but when I spotted the Snow White option I couldn’t think of a more perfect event than for her 2nd birthday. So as an early birthday gift from Mommy and Daddy, we snatched the very special Snow White dress made by Lover Dovers Clothing on Etsy. Because this dress was such a big hit with my little girl, I’m talking love at first sight not wanting to take off and constantly twirling around, I did an extra special feature on this dress with my little one making her vlog debut. Meet my little Snow White and find out why Mommy loves the Snow White dress too on our vlog.



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Snow White 2nd Birthday Party Postcard Invitation

With the birthday girl’s outfit picked out, the party ball was rolling and Mommy jumped into planner mode. First up was the invitation. Last year for our little one’s “it’s a small world” party I made these adorable postcard, front and back invitations with Vistaprint and I just loved the feel and look of them. I decided to go with Vistaprint again this year and do a similar front and back invitation, but this time with a moment of Snow White love on the front and a personalized design on the back, made by yours truly. The picture for the front was an easy choice for me, it’s one of our Disney favorites, but the back I had to put a little more thought into. I knew I wanted to incorporate the signature phrase from the movie so I decided to top the back with a mirror image to which I glued mirror scrapbook paper to, the picture above is an extra invitation that didn’t get the mirror glued on. As far as the invitation text below, I used an amazing authentic Disney text that was perfectly suited for this occasion and the rest I threw together with inspiration from the movie and my little one herself. 

“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest birthday girl of all?

With a smile that shines and eyes that sparkle,

is a lovely maiden who is turning two.

Bouncing brown curls and a heart as pure as gold,

“name” wishes to celebrate with you.

Come join us for “name”‘s royal celebration

on “date”

at “time” at The “last name” Cottage.”



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Magical Kiss Sugar Cookies

With the invitations finished and sent off it was time to design a menu. We decided to just go with a sweet theme, with a few savory snacks on the side; keep in mind we have eight nieces and nephews that were going to be in attendance and plenty of adults that I just knew would all appreciate sweets galore to kick off the holiday month. First up, I knew I wanted to incorporate the magical kiss at the end of the movie so I decided to use a holiday favorite and make Magical Kiss Sugar Cookies. A sugar cookie with a milk chocolate Hershey kiss smooshed in the middle, sprinkled with some magical red sugar on top. These were a huge hit with not only the kids but also the adults too.



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Marshmallow Apple Pops

Next, I wanted to do something that was really kid friendly so all of our little one’s cousins could grab an easy but adorable treat. I used red candy wafers by Wilton, which are gluten free by the way, large marshmallows that were my store brand which were also gluten free, lollipop sticks, and Spice Farms chocolate sprinkles which as an added bonus were also gluten free. And voila! You have Marshmallow Apple Pops that look like little apples, some with and some without the chocolate topping. These were a lovely bonus for Mommy too, seeing as they were gluten free!



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Apple Cutout Sugar Cookies

When I was perusing the candy/cake making aisle in one of the craft stores for the hundredth time, I spotted a 99 cents apple cookie cutter and just couldn’t resist making Apple Cutout Sugar Cookies. I decided to dip some of the cookies in a reddish powder sugar frosting that I made. To give the apple cookies that extra sparkle and shine, I just took the freshly frosted cookies and sprinkled them with the red sugar sprinkles. I added the frosted cookies and a few plain cookies to a cute basket that I thought would really go with the Snow White woodsy theme.



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Chocolate Dipped Apples

With a Snow White theme, I just couldn’t help myself with all of the apples, besides they are one of my daughter’s favorite and most requested food. One thing I knew I had to do was feature the actual apple itself and what better way to do that then to dip them in chocolate and roll them in sprinkles, behold my Chocolate Dipped Apples hold the poison. These were a huge hit and looked so pretty, a great touch to the sweets table that’s for sure. 



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Red Apple Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Dan and I had decided pre-planning to make cupcakes for the guests and order a special small cake for our little girl to save a little bit of money. I’m really glad we did because we ended up with a gorgeous cake that couldn’t have been more special for the birthday girl and equally as beautiful apple inspired cupcakes that won over the masses. For the cupcakes themselves I decided to go with red velvet for obvious reasons of course and triple chocolate for the chocolate lovers. To differentiate between the two I decided to decorate a little differently between both sets. For frosting, I colored white buttercream to this gorgeous red color, piped the frosting on, and topped all of them with those delicious looking red sugary sprinkles that made them shine and sparkle. The Red Apple Triple Chocolate Cupcakes were topped with a small piece of pretzel stick and green chocolate curls to give that stem and leaf feeling of the apple. 



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Red Apple Velvet Cupcakes

For my Red Apple Velvet Cupcakes, I went with the simple red frosting and red sprinkles and just let them shine and sparkle on their own. You might have noticed the awesome cupcake stands that I was using. These are actually birch rounds that I picked up at the craft store. They’re about two inches thick and a foot or so wide and added that woodsy feel that you obviously see plenty of in the Snow White movie. This party would’ve been amazing in our backyard that has a couple gorgeous trees but seeing as we have a winter birthday I really wanted to bring some of the outdoor feel inside. With these wood rounds and wooden baskets I managed to do just that.



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Custom Snow White Cake For The Birthday Girl

Finally, onto the birthday girl’s special little cake. I had some idea of what I wanted but with the help of pinterest and the amazing cake decorators at Classic Cake in New Jersey we were able to put together a really spectacular cake that fit perfectly in our budget. A 6 inch vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream filling was covered in yellow fondant and draped with royal blue fondant around the top, subtly reminds me of Snow White’s dress. With a few gold accents making it extra elegant, we also decided to add a red satin bow at the base, one of my favorite parts of the Snow White look and one that I love to put on my little one anytime she allows for a headband. Finally, to top it all off, the signature red apple was added as the topper with a gold 2 on the center. I was thrilled with how the cake turned out and I just love working with Classic Cake. I should also mention that they offer some gluten free treats too; my husband surprised me with some gluten free macaroons as my sweet treat at the party since most of the party food was not gluten free. They were a perfect surprise for Mommy and the cake was an even better one for our little girl.



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Snowy Wishing Tree and Handmade Apple Garland

With all of the food made, it was time to finish decorating and get the show on the road. I used that apple cookie cutter from the cookies and red paper to make these apple cutouts that I strung together to make apple garland. On either side of the apple garland, Dan hung red streamers which really finished off a fun backdrop. I also decided to add a snowy, light up tree to the table to tie in that woodsy feel. A great addition!  



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Chalkboard Snack Signs and Miner’s Jewels

I made these apple shaped signs to label all of the snacks for our guests. I wanted to have chalkboard kind of signs so I used my daughter’s black construction paper and white crayon and went to town. Another cute addition that I didn’t really have to bake were the Miner’s Jewels that I packed into a basket on the table. These were the perfect favor for the kids and a cute idea tying in the dwarves too. I picked up some muslin favor bags that tied at the top and stuffed them with jolly rancher candies, a jewel like candy for sure but also one that was friendly for my nephew with food allergies. 



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The Birthday Girl’s Snow White Cake 

With a cake stand that I already had, little one’s cake was proudly displayed front and center with all of the other treats on either side.



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Snow White Storybook Birthday Banner

Without further ado, here’s the final product of our Snow White table. With red, yellow, and blue balloons floating around the room and a giant red two attached to our little girl’s birthday seat, the decorations all pulled together perfectly. But, one of my favorite decorations that I put together was the storybook banner on the front. I took our large Snow White book and made copies of the pages. I cut the pages into pennant shapes and strung them together with red satin ribbon. I also made a miniature version to string along the front of little one’s birthday booster chair too. It was a perfect final touch to it all and I couldn’t have been more excited for our little girl to see it all put together. 

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Little one ended up loving all of the snacks, decorations, balloons especially, but just the party as a whole. With cake coming first, she ended up really not liking all of the attention and turning very shy, pretty unexpected since she greeted everyone with warm hugs. But I must say she is her mother’s daughter since apparently I too at that age wasn’t a fan of being the center of attention. No worries though once the birthday song was sung, the birthday girl lifted her head and gave some cake a try, very daintily I might add, just as she did on her first birthday. But without a doubt, present time was the highlight of the night. Her reactions were priceless, so innocent and genuinely happy and excited over every single gift, even squeaking out some thank yous here and there. With some warm hugs and kisses goodbye, the party came to a close and bedtime drew near. It’s sad for me as her mom to see another birthday pass but I couldn’t be more happy and in love with this adorably precious little girl that seems to be growing and changing so quickly. It was another birthday for the baby book and one that we’ll always remember.

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Our Little Snow White In Her Vlog Debut As She Turns Two!

I cannot believe it’s been almost two years since our little girl came into this world. When our little one was born we just knew that we were in for a lot of smiles, a lot of laughs, and tons of personality. She was just that since day 1 and has never sold us short on any of those since. Everyday we’re blessed to see that beautiful smile and hear her giggles and hearty belly laughs amidst watching her figure out her world while getting into a little trouble along the way. Turning two is a huge milestone for our little one but a big one for Mommy and Daddy too. In a sentimental way it makes me kind of sad that our little one is growing so quickly but at the same time that’s part of having kids. They can’t stay babies forever and each moment after they’re born holds a new memory and a new adventure. For us, that’s exactly how I would describe the past two years with our little girl, one adventure after another and filled with more memories than I could ask for. 

So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to our Little Snow White! 

Loving my little girl’s Snow White party dress? You absolutely have to check out Lover Dovers Clothing on Etsy, They have amazing, handmade Disney dresses that are perfectly comfortable and so incredibly sweet. 

So there’s a sneak peak at our little one’s 2nd birthday party. Stay tuned early next week for some details from the big day!

Sincerely,

Lindsay 

 

It’s A Busy Time Of Year With The Holidays And Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays, Including A Very Special Little Girl!

Welcome back from your Thanksgiving holiday! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends, I know we certainly did. My husband was able to extend his holiday break this year so we got to enjoy even more days together pre-holiday which were such a nice treat. With hubby home with our little one and myself, I decided to unplug for the holiday and share an uninterrupted break with my little family. Our week was filled with some wonderful adventures that our little girl this year seemed to just love, well at least some of them anyway, from enjoying the holiday spirit with a road trip to Hershey Park for Christmas in Candylane, visiting Santa for the 2nd time not quite loving it, and topping off the week with decorating one of our trees (we’ve decided to add a real tree in a few weeks to our tradition this year too, should be interesting with an inquisitive dog and toddler!). 

November into December is always a crazy busy time for us, not only thanks to the holiday duo and all of the festivities that go along with them but also because we have a ton of birthdays to celebrate. Last month it seemed there was always a birthday around the corner and this month is just the same but a bit more personal to us since it includes our special little girl who’s turning 2!!!! Her actual birthday falls right before Christmas so to separate the two we like to have her birthday party at the beginning of December, and as a family of three plus one furry friend we celebrate her real birthday in a special way with a few special presents too on her actual birthday. So with the first full weekend of December coming up this week, I’m in full birthday mode, getting ready for our little one’s Snow White birthday party. All of this prepping just reminds me of just one year ago when we were ringing in her first birthday, and what a birthday it was.

Around the same time last year, we were in full party mode getting everything ready for our little girl to turn the big 1. We thought long and hard about the perfect theme for her party and in the end decided on one that our little Disney baby really loved. Since we were fresh off of our first family vacation to Disney World we designated her first birthday party as an “it’s a small world” party, in honor of her first and favorite ride in Disney. Her party was equipped with a perfect personalized Disney postcard invitation made by yours truly,

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    a gorgeous hand painted backdrop of the ride, made by her Aunt,

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handmade signs saying Happy Birthday in a couple different languages (remind you of the end of the ride?),

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some special hot air balloon lanterns and pink Mickey balloons put together by Mommy,

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streamers and handmade puffs in all shades of pink, purple, and gold,

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lots of delicious eats and treats like my small world people cupcakes and Mickey shaped marshmallow treats (gluten free too!),

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and a very special first birthday cake made by Classic Cake (not gluten free, but just right for our little one).

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Our little one’s it’s a small world birthday was filled with so much love and Mommy and Daddy couldn’t have been happier to create that special memory for her. It definitely was an extra special first birthday party that reflected how special our first year with our little girl was. In fact, as a little bonus for our guests and a surprise for my husband, I made a slideshow of some of our favorite photos from that year, bringing tears to many an eye in the room.

Looking back on her first birthday party reminded me of all of the fun and excitement that I had putting it together. So for her 2nd birthday I definitely wanted to give her just as special a memory as last year but now one that she’ll enjoy even more. Picking what character or theme was both easy and tough, easy in the sense that our little girl is a Disney darling through and through so anything Disney would make her happy, hence the tough part. So we left the decision up to her and let her choose between a couple ideas and the winner was Snow White, her favorite Disney movie to date. The choice was extra special, seeing as I’ve always said since she was born that she was my little Snow White, with her dark hair and lighter complexion, and ever since she’s worn many a Snow White outfit. So Snow White it is for her 2nd birthday!

I’ve been working on some special touches here and there since we picked out the final plan and even though I have lots to do yet, I couldn’t be more excited for her big day in only a few short days. I’m so excited to create a spectacularly magical birthday for our growing toddler who seems to be following in her Disney loving parents footsteps. You’ll have to stay tuned for a full birthday recap after the party but for now here’s a sneak peak at my big plans.

Dress and Decorations:

  • A personalized, magic mirror inspired invitation
  • An extra special, handmade Snow White dress from Etsy
  • Apple garland
  • Red apple plates
  • Some woodsy accents here and there 
  • Red balloons as well as a giant gold 2 balloon that’ll probably be as big as little one herself

On The Menu:

  • A custom cake just for little one from Classic Cake
  • Red apple cupcakes made by Mommy
  • Apple shaped cookies
  • Jewel candies
  • Magical kiss cookies
  • Apple, marshmallow pops
  • Chocolate covered apples

This choice couldn’t be more appropriate especially since my daughter’s all time favorite food is an apple so I’m sure she’ll be more than thrilled to see apples galore all over the place. It’ll definitely be a memorable birthday for our little one and Mommy and Daddy too. Stay tuned for the full birthday recap early next week after the big day but before then you might just catch a sneak peak of the birthday girl herself in her vlog debut showing off her new Snow White dress!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

What’s On Your Gluten Free Menu For Thanksgiving?

Is anyone as surprised as I am that we’re only a few days away from Thanksgiving? This Fall seems to have just flown by, but I for one am super excited for all of the holiday festivities. For us the holiday family get togethers really commence with the November birthdays, these are only the start of what will be a number of family events of the season. This past weekend we rang in my dad’s belated 60th birthday and my nephew’s 8th birthday, a number I’m still having a hard time grasping. It’s like I blinked and he become an eight year old, much like how I’m in the midst of planning my daughter’s 2nd birthday party that’s rapidly approaching right behind Thanksgiving. Stay tuned to learn more about her Snow White 2nd Birthday!

For now, our holiday celebrations continue with the big Thanksgiving dinner this week. With only a few days to go, I have yet to even go buy my ingredients, so needless to say I’m not quite ready yet. This year is a bit different than the past few since we’re celebrating with my family rather than Dan’s. Unfortunately my severe cat allergy gets in the way of joining in with their fun. As much as I’m a lover of all of God’s creatures, these darn cats make it really tough by making breathing an impossible task. So needless to say in an attempt to enjoy a Thanksgiving full of clean air and breathing and free of cat dander, it’s onto my cat-free family’s house this year. But even though we’re not sharing the dinner table with Dan’s side, I’ll still try to bring a little of their family love to our table too. So do you want to see what’s in store for our gluten free, and really dairy free too thanks to my nephew, Thanksgiving dinner?

Main Dishes:

  • Turkey and Gravy
  • Gluten Free Stuffing

Sides:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned Asparagus (I love how soft the asparagus gets like this, even though I do enjoy fresh asparagus too this is a staple for our Thanksgiving dinner)
  • Mashed Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Marshmallows
  • Coleslaw
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Cherry Jello with Whole Cherries 
  • A little surprise for Dan, his mom’s Crab Dip
  • Non-gluten free rolls

Dessert:

  • Pies galore, gluten free and non-gluten free thanks to my Dad
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Thanks to Katz, tons of gluten free/dairy free/nut free/soy free Pumpkin Pie

So that’s what our menu is shaping up to look like so far, what about yours? Share any of your favorite gluten free family recipes, I’m always looking to add to my gluten free table!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

A Mommy And Me Gluten Free Fall Lunch At Wildflour’s Bakery/Cafe

On one of the many beautiful fall days that we were blessed to have this year, little one and I ventured out for an early little lunch at my favorite gluten free friendly restaurant. Wildflour Bakery/Cafe is a local hidden gem that offers a huge selection of gluten free breads and pastries along with a savory menu, all of which you can enjoy in house or on the go. Since we were out to have some extra special Mommy and Me time, a lunch out was definitely in order so we picked the perfect table in the empty dining room and nestled in to enjoy a wonderfully gluten free lunch.

While the highlights for me at Wildflour Bakery/Cafe are by far on the bakery side of things, the dining menu is just as wonderful, they’ve just been super successful in wooing me with all of their delectable gluten free treats. As far as the menu, they have so many delicious choices, take a look for yourself here, but I usually am a creature of habit and if I find something that I like I tend to go with it each time after until I need a break. I decided this time around to go with a perfect lunch option that both me and my little one would enjoy, a grilled cheese sandwich big enough for us to share and my favorite, their strawberry banana pink smoothie that would sure to please my little girl. While we waited for our sandwich, I decided to request a few of their doughy, cheesy heavenly Brazilian Cheese Puffs, just to tide us over. These are one of Mommy’s favorites and turns out now one of my little one’s favorites too. 



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Brazilian Cheese Puff from one of our previous trips.

Soon enough our Grilled Cheese and Pink Smoothie had arrived. Little one dove into her very own cup of smoothie and couldn’t get enough of it. I had to insist on a few breaks to get in some of the grilled cheese but the winners by far in her book were the smoothie and cheese puffs. The grilled cheese for mommy was just as delicious as I remembered. It’s made on their housemade gluten free bread which beats any of the store bought varieties, you can just taste of all of the love that’s cooked into their food.  



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Gluten Free Grilled Cheese: Wildflour Bakery/Cafe

With our smoothies disappearing and our sandwich plate beginning to empty, I decided to top off our special lunch with a sweet treat. So I sprung my little one from her highchair so we could head over to the bakery cases and pick out just the right treat. Cookies, tarts, scones, cheesecake, and brownies  galore, the cases were just overflowing with mouthwatering gluten free goodness. My little one though had her eye on an extra special chocolate treat, a chocolate brownie cake covered in a banana ganache icing. So we picked out our dessert, made our way back to our private table, and waited with anticipation for its arrival. Finally, our sweet finish had arrived, it was the perfect dessert made for sharing for just little one and me. The chocolaty cake was so moist and brownie like and when combined with the banana icing, so delicious! Our plate was cleaned with only a few minutes worth of work, so I think that’s a pretty reliable testament to just how tasty this dessert was. It was a perfect lunch for just us two, good food, full bellies, and plenty of smiles and laughs to go around!



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Chocolate Banana Ganache: Wildflour Bakery/Cafe

Besides the delicious menu items that Wildflour Bakery/Cafe offers, the true joy of dining here is the ability to eat a meal with comfort and without fear of cross contamination. This restaurant is 100% gluten free, hence their bakery cases that are filled with unique bakery sweets and their menu overflowing with sweet and savory concoctions are 100% gluten free too. What an absolute treat to be able to choose from anything off of a menu without adjustment. As always, this trip to Wildflour’s was a true pleasure and I’ll anxiously be planning our next to go or dining in visit. Make sure you take a peak at all of my other Wildflour adventures in Gluten Free Living In A Non-Gluten Free World.

Sincerely,

Lindsay

 

Oatmeal Chocolaty Raisin Gluten Free Cookies That Are Sure To Impress This Holiday Season

Not too long ago I shared with you a very special review of one of my favorite gluten free cookbooks by BabyCakes in my very first vlog! I hope you caught on to how much I love their cookbook because I do, I really do! Each one of their recipes uses a reasonable amount of gluten free ingredients that you stock up on one time and you’re good to enjoy countless recipes down the road. And just as an added bonus, they use one of my favorite gluten free all purpose flours out there, by Bob’s Red Mill.   

So with the holidays rolling around, I thought I’d remind you about their fantastic BabyCakes Covers The Classics cookbook that shares amazing allergy free cookie recipes. They share your basic cookie recipes, made special by BabyCakes of course, to some pretty special kinds that’ll surely be gobbled up by all, making it pretty tough to keep some around to put out for Santa Christmas Eve night. One of my favorites happens to be a classic cookie that I honestly haven’t tasted in my gluten free life, that’s the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I teasingly shared a glimpse of my special batch with you on my vlog but now today I thought I’d share the recipe with you too. Now, BabyCakes gives you the basic Oatmeal Cookie recipe but suggests a few swap outs or changes that would work too. I decided to add a little twist inspired by my all time favorite gluten free candy, Raisinets. So without further ado, I introduce you to Oatmeal Chocolaty Raisin Cookies!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Oats (I actually used the new Plain Gluten Free Oatmeal by Chex.)
  • 1/4 cup Ground Flax Meal (I always use Bob’s Red Mill which is certified gluten free.)
  • 2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Melted Refined Coconut Oil (Pick a gluten free variety like the one by Carrington Farms. Alternatively you can use a canola oil.)
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce (I like Musselman’s which states gluten free on the label.)
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Extract (Always make sure it’s pure vanilla extract, McCormick’s is gluten free.)
  • 3/4 cup Raisins
  • 3/4 cup Milk Chocolate Chips (Hershey’s are gluten free.)

Note: Feel free to use less chocolate if you prefer just a hint of chocolaty flavor or you could get really fancy and add in Raisinets instead of the raisins and chocolate chips but this is just a slightly less sugary method. 

Directions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  • Using a whisk, combine all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl including 1 3/4 cups gluten free all purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup gluten free oats, 1/4 cup flax meal, 2 tbsp cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt. 

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  • Next, melt 1 cup coconut oil for measuring, which I like to do in a glass measuring cup. 

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  • Add 1 cup of your melted coconut oil along with 1/2 cup applesauce and 2 tbsp vanilla to the dry mix and gently stir with a rubber spatula until a thicker dough forms. 
  • Finally, add in 3/4 cup raisins and 3/4 cup chocolate chips. If you want to make some raisin cookies without chocolate, add your raisins and mix your dough up, split your dough into two, and add just half the amount of chocolate chips to one bowl of dough. 

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  • Using a tablespoon, drop the dough by spoonful onto the parchment paper covered baking sheets. 

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  • Bake for about 8 minutes, turn the baking sheet 180 degrees, and bake for an additional 7 minutes until your cookies turn golden brown. Always make sure you keep an eye on your cookies and cook times. Sometimes you may have to cook a little longer or a little shorter depending on your oven.

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  • Remove your baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool a bit on the baking sheets for about 15 minutes and enjoy!

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As I’m sure we all could agree, gluten free baking in general is no easy task. It’s really tough to get just the right texture without changing the flavor for the worse. But somehow, someway BabyCakes makes gluten free baking look easy and taste perfect! And I just love that through their cookbooks we too can learn the secrets behind the tastiness of their recipes and tons of gluten free baking tips and tricks between. Thanks to their cookbooks I feel a bit more confident in my gluten free baker’s shoes, and not too afraid of unique ingredients that appear all too often in gluten free baking. So make sure you snatch up a BabyCakes cookbook for your gluten free holiday baking this year and in the meantime, try my Oatmeal Chocolaty Raisin Cookies!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Oatmeal Chocolaty Raisin Gluten Free Cookies


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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup Gluten Free Oats (I actually used the new Plain Gluten Free Oatmeal by Chex.)
  4. 1/4 cup Ground Flax Meal (I always use Bob’s Red Mill which is certified gluten free.)
  5. 2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  6. 1 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
  7. 1 tsp Baking Soda
  8. 1 tsp Salt
  9. 1 cup Melted Refined Coconut Oil (Pick a gluten free variety like the one by Carrington Farms. Alternatively you can use a canola oil.)
  10. 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce (I like Musselman’s which states gluten free on the label.)
  11. 2 tbsp Vanilla Extract (Always make sure it’s pure vanilla extract, McCormick’s is gluten free.)
  12. 3/4 cup Raisins
  13. 3/4 cup Milk Chocolate Chips (Hershey’s are gluten free.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using a whisk, combine all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl including 1 3/4 cups gluten free all purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup gluten free oats, 1/4 cup flax meal, 2 tbsp cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt.
  3. Next, melt 1 cup coconut oil for measuring, which I like to do in a glass measuring cup.
  4. Add 1 cup of your melted coconut oil along with 1/2 cup applesauce and 2 tbsp vanilla to the dry mix and gently stir with a rubber spatula until a thicker dough forms.
  5. Finally, add in 3/4 cup raisins and 3/4 cup chocolate chips. If you want to make some raisin cookies without chocolate, add your raisins and mix your dough up, split your dough into two, and add just half the amount of chocolate chips to one bowl of dough.
  6. Using a tablespoon, drop the dough by spoonful onto the parchment paper covered baking sheets.
  7. Bake for about 8 minutes, turn the baking sheet 180 degrees, and bake for an additional 7 minutes until your cookies turn golden brown. Always make sure you keep an eye on your cookies and cook times. Sometimes you may have to cook a little longer or a little shorter depending on your oven.
  8. Remove your baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool a bit on the baking sheets for about 15 minutes and enjoy!
Adapted from BabyCakes
Adapted from BabyCakes
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Soft And Pillowy Gluten Free Gnocchi Just As Perfect As Dreamed They Would Be And Now A Little Cheaper Too

Does anybody remember when I raved about the gluten free gnocchi that I had while eating a little while back? Okay, so I had them again recently from Palermos and they were just as delicious as they were the first time and reminded of the amazing gluten free gnocchis that I bought to try at home not too long ago. These gluten free gnocchis are made for us courtesy of DeLallo Italian Foods, who have put together a number of other standout gluten free Italian products but for me the star are their unique gnocchis. 

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 It’s extremely rare to be able to find gluten free gnocchi, let alone authentically Italian ones that haven’t been coated in gluten filled flour. However, thanks to DeLallo, you can now get your hands on some gluten free gnocchi straight from Italy and taste every bit of it. They’re light and airy just like little pillows and absorb any sauce flavor spectacularly. They really are little bites of heaven! You ready to try them yet? Okay, well not yet because you can save a little on your gluten free Delallo purchase with this $1/1 coupon on their site. So hurry up, print this coupon and head out to your local grocer, I found mine at Wegmans, and pick up some of these fo rdinner tonight!  

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Ever See A Gluten Free Soft Pretzel? I Have And I’ve Been Lucky Enough To Taste One Too Thanks To Tonya’s Gluten Free Kitchen

Do you remember those huge soft pretzels that you could grab in long sticks at amusement parks or maybe those fun Mickey faces in Disney World? They are a distant but very fond memory for me as these were always my favorite snack when we went on vacation or a day trip. A little bit of salt topped with a little yellow mustard and I was good to go to enjoy the deliciousness of the doughy snack. With all of that chewiness though came a whole lot of gluten which meant one very sick girl.

So, when I went gluten free, like many gluten filled eats and treats, soft pretzels too got the heave-ho and have been missing from my diet for a number of years. I’ve always kept my fingers crossed that I might one day see them in a grocery store next to the Super Pretzels or maybe even at an amusement park, very optimistic I know. I honestly never thought that finding a gluten free, soft and chewy pretzel would be as tough as it actually has been; I mean it literally has been like searching for a unicorn. Until now that is! I finally caught wind of Tonya’s Gluten Free Kitchen who makes three kinds of gluten free soft pretzels including original regular size, original pretzel bites, and cinnamon sugar! I was so excited when they offered to send me a few samples and after just one bite I immediately headed to my local grocery stores to scout out where these might be available. I’m lucky enough to be able to snag these at a small allergy free shop by me but also at Wegmans, I’m still hoping that my Shop Rite 5 minutes away will catch on one of these days too. But no worries, if you can’t find these at a local store you won’t miss out because you can buy them here on Tonya’s website. And by the way, these are that good that I immediately stocked up on a few boxes to enjoy in the months to come.   

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Okay, so now onto the actual pretzel itself in all of its gluten free glory. Not sure if you remember these but I used to enjoy Super Pretzels frozen soft pretzels at home from time to time. Tonya’s Gluten Free Kitchen match these in every way. After using water to add some salt or leaving them plain, all you do is microwave for under 1 minute and voila you have a soft, gluten free pretzel to enjoy. The size of these beauties is exactly how big a regular frozen pretzel would be, good news especially since everything gluten free seems to be miniature in size but big in price. And texture and taste wise, Tonya’s gluten free pretzels are a perfect, chewy pretzel that have that amazing doughy texture after just a short microwave. You can top them with the salt that’s provided or leave them plain if you prefer. And feel free to be creative with your dipping sauces on the side. I’m a plain girl when it comes to pretzels, I like to just dip them in a little bit of yellow mustard, but with or without the mustard these are perfection. I for one am so glad that Tonya’s has added these back into my life, now if only Disney World could come out with a Mickey shaped gluten free pretzel, then we would be good to go. A girl can dream can’t she?!?!

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 So for the last piece of the gluten free soft pretzel puzzle, the cost. These aren’t the cheapest of snacks to enjoy but to be fair not many gluten free premade snacks are. I usually can get these for about $8.99 a box, regardless of the variety, and in a box you get 6 original size pretzels or the number of pretzel bites that’s equivalent to that. Do I wish the price was a tad bit cheaper than about $1.50 a pretzel? Sure, but as with everything in our world, gluten free items are by nature more expensive and the more special and unique an item is the more pricey it can be. Tonya’s Gluten Free Kitchen is a strictly gluten free business who is single handedly spearheading the addition of gluten free pretzels into our world. With growing support, their popularity will hopefully grow too, adding them into more and more mainstream grocery stores eventually making their products more affordable. Until then, this hard working, gluten free mommy will continue to treat herself to these gluten free delicacies while also supporting the pioneers of our gluten free community

Congratulations Tonya’s Gluten Free Kitchen! You’ve done a fabulous job and I for one am so grateful for your hard work and tasty product!

Sincerely,

Lindsay 

 

 

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